Simple clinical manifestations of genital Schistosoma haematobium infection in rural Zimbabwean women.

Kjetland, Eyrun Floerecke and Ndhlovu, Patricia D and Mduluza, Takafira and Gomo, Exenevia and Gwanzura, Lovemore and Mason, Peter R and Kurewa, Edith Nyaradzai and Midzi, Nicholas and Friis, Henrik and Gundersen, Svein Gunnar (2005) Simple clinical manifestations of genital Schistosoma haematobium infection in rural Zimbabwean women. pp. 311-9. ISSN 0002-9637

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Abstract

Up to 75% of women with urinary schistosomiasis have Schistosoma haematobium ova in the genitals. This study aimed to describe the prevalence of gynecologic S. haematobium infection and to differentiate the disease from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Gynecologic and laboratory investigations for S. haematobium and STIs were performed in 527 women between the ages of 20 and 49 in rural Zimbabwe. Genital homogenous yellow and/or grainy sandy patches, the commonest type of genital pathology, were identified in 243 (46%) women. Grainy sandy patches were significantly associated with S. haematobium ova only. Genital S. haematobium ova was also significantly associated with homogenous yellow sandy patches, mucosal bleeding, and abnormal blood vessels. The presence of ova was not a predictor for ulcers, papillomata, leukoplakia, polyps, or cell atypia. Mucosal sandy patches seem to be pathognomonic for S. haematobium infection in the female genitals. Coexistence of ova and other lesions may not be causal.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Depositing User: Professor Takafira MDULUZA
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2012 15:33
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2012 15:33
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/158

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